The President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Management, CIPM, in Nigeria, Mr Anthony Arabome, says the myriad of challenges confronting the nation has tested the foundation of its economy.
He said this while declaring open the 48th Annual conference of the Institute in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Mr Arabome said “having learned from the Eastern philosophy of finding opportunity in adversity, this has yielded an unprecedented opportunity for our Institute to respond brilliantly to People, Potentials & Possibilities.”
He noted that organizations waste a lot of opportunities by focusing on the wrong things or misplacing their priorities.
“A weak education sector, endemic corruption, limited workforce engagement, poor condition of service, lack of commitment , deplorable infrastructure and fiscal indiscipline, are some of the major issues consistently identified as clogs in the wheel of the nation’s development,” he said.
It is on this basis that the Institute draws its three main objectives of this year’s conference; which is to offer a real-time learning environment for members of the Institute and other participants, enabling them to up-scale their knowledge of human resources management issues.
The conference provides a huge opportunity for professional and social networking amongst participants.
It also promotes public policy and advocacy by providing a platform for members to contribute in these critical areas of the Institute’s professional remit and mandate.
This further informs the choice of the theme for its annual conferences especially as the conference not only aims to draw national attention to the theme selected, but also distils the contribution of its members into impactful human resources.
Mr Arabome reiterates that “as we take purposeful steps aimed at professionalising the practice of Human Resource, we are engaging the government and building a partnership in the following key areas such as recognition of our membership and professional certifications on the minimum standard for the practice in both public and private sectors of the economy.”